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Ex-religious minister Motiur Rahman passes away

Former Religious Affairs Minister Principal Motiur Rahman passed away at a hospital in Mymensingh on Sunday night. He was 81 years old.

Motiur Rahman, president of Mymensingh District Awami League, breathed his last at 11pm while undergoing treatment at Nexus Hospital in Mymensingh.

His elder brother Zia Uddin Ahmed confirmed his death news.

He is survived by wife, a son, three daughters and host of relatives and well-wisher to mourn his death.

A freedom fighter Motiur was elected MP in 1986 and 2008 from the Mymensingh Sadar seat.

He became minister in 2014.

Born in 1942 in Akua village in Mymensingh Sadar upazila, he served as a member of the advisory committee of the Bangladesh Awami League till his death.

Meanwhile, President Mohammed Shahabuddin and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed their deep shock and sorrow at the death of former member of Awami League Central Working Committee Principal Motiur Rahman.

In a condolence message on Monday, the President said that the nation will forever remember Motiur Rahman’s contributions to the Liberation War and education sector.

He also said that the country suffered an irreparable loss at the death of the Ekushey Padak awardee.

The president prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family members.

In another condolence message, the Prime Minister said that Motiur Rahman was a dedicated leader of Bangladesh Awami League.

“Motiur Rahman performed his organisational duties, remaining steadfast to the ideals of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and the politics of the Awami League — defying uncountable inducement and repeated imprisonment,” she said.

Sheikh Hasina said that Motiur Rahman, who led the Mymensingh district Awami League for more than three decades, served as a trainer and successful organiser of freedom fighters during the Liberation War.

He was awarded Ekushey Padak in 2022 for his outstanding contribution in the Liberation War.

“The death of Principal Motiur Rahman is an irreparable loss to the party, and I lost a faithful political companion with his demise,” she added.

The Premier prayed for the eternal peace of the departed soul of Principal Motiur Rahman and expressed her deepest sympathy to the bereaved members of his family.